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Lesson 17: Foods Help Your Body in Different Ways


This lesson continues instruction in MyPlate, with a focus on how different foods help the body and how much to eat from each food group each day. Students review the food groups to learn the jobs each group performs in maintaining health and how often to eat foods from each group and record this information. Then they complete an activity sheet to summarize what they’ve learned about MyPlate. They take home a mini-poster to remind them about eating healthy, and a family sheet to help them talk about healthy snacks with their parents or guardians.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify the amount of food from each food group that a child needs daily.
  2. Identify the jobs different food groups do for the body.
  3. Describe the benefits of eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. 
  4. Explain the importance of eating a variety of foods from all the food groups.

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • FN-1: Follow a healthy eating pattern that meets individual preferences and needs for growth and development.
  • FN-2: Choose a variety of options within each food group.
  • FN-3: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
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